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The family of a 26-year-old college graduate who died from blood clots after getting his first dose of AstraZeneca’s Covid vaccine in June 2021 is taking legal action on grounds of clinical negligence over his death. Jack Hurn from Redditch, England, received his first jab on May 29 at a vaccine center in Dudley and died two weeks later.

According to Mirror, an inquest on Hurn’s death will be opened on Monday in the hopes of finding answers as to what has caused the blood clots. His family’s lawyers said that on the day he and his girlfriend Alex Jones went to the vaccine center, and were told there were no Pfizer vaccines available.

The staff allegedly reassured them that the AstraZeneca vaccine brand was safe after the couple asked them about alternative vaccine brands having been made aware of the concerns on the use of AstraZeneca for people under the age of 30. Nonetheless, Hurn and his girlfriend were reassured and convinced so they went ahead to get their jabs.

Lawyers pointed out the reported risks although it was said these blood clots are extremely rare occurrences with a ratio of less than one reported case in 100,000 individuals who received the shots. Michael Portman-Hann, the legal firm’s clinical negligence legal associate said Hurn began to experience headaches after getting the jab which then progressed to the point where he had to be admitted to a hospital. A scan revealed a clot in his brain.

"They say there was confusion about whether Jack had actually suffered a stroke while at Redditch and could get no clear answers about his condition,” Portman-Hann said.

Hurn was transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where a neuro scan consultant informed the family that there were numerous bleeds on Hurn’s brain that were considered to be “catastrophic”.

“The family is looking at a clinical negligence claim but are waiting for the results of the inquest to decide on next steps,” a spokesperson for the law firm said.

In January 2021, safety concerns over AstraZeneca’s vaccine emerged prompting EU nations to ditch the British-made brand with Johnson and Johnson’s single-dose vaccine also linked to a similar complication. On the other hand, regulators have not recorded any such trend with Pfizer and Moderna’s mRNA vaccines. However, these were said to cause a rare kind of myocarditis or heart inflammation. A research study in Spain stated that it found Pfizer’s vaccine to cause a likely trigger in blood clots similar to AstraZeneca.

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A paramedic prepares a dose of AstraZeneca vaccine for patients at a walk-in COVID-19 clinic inside a Buddhist temple in the Smithfield suburb of Sydney on August 4, 2021. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP via Getty Images

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